Spanish La Liga
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Espanyol 0-0 Atlético Madrid

Joao Miranda
Joao Miranda's dismissal was Atletico's eighth red card of the season

Atletico Madrid centre-back Joao Miranda was sent off as they missed the chance to reclaim third place in La Liga by drawing at Espanyol.

The Brazil international received a red card in first-half injury time for an elbow on home midfielder Abraham.

Diego Simeone's side, who slipped to fourth after Valencia beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 on Friday, still had the better second-half chances.

Raul Garcia and Arda Turan were denied by Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla.

Atletico's hopes of defending their Spanish title are fading away after three successive draws, and they have won just one of five league matches since beating city rivals Real Madrid 4-0 on 7 February.

Their best first-half opening came with a Fernando Torres header, but Casilla kept the ball out.

Torres was replaced by centre-back Jose Gimenez in a tactical reshuffle after Miranda's deserved red card, and Atletico continued to look the more likely team to score.

Midfielder Garcia went close with 13 minutes left with a low shot from the edge of the penalty area but Casilla reacted well to turn it round the post.

Casilla was sharp again five minutes from the end to stop Turkey international Arda's close-range effort and ensure Espanyol earned their point.

Line-ups

Espanyol

  • 13Casilla
  • 23Arbilla
  • 22González SoberónBooked at 8mins
  • 15Moreno
  • 27Duarte
  • 17Vázquez
  • 10González CasanovaSubstituted forCanas Ruiz Herreraat 45'minutes
  • 16López RodríguezBooked at 60mins
  • 4Sánchez MataBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSevilla Lópezat 79'minutes
  • 20CaicedoSubstituted forStuaniat 63'minutes
  • 9García de la Fuente

Substitutes

  • 5Álvarez Delgado
  • 6Sevilla López
  • 8Stuani
  • 14Canas Ruiz Herrera
  • 19Colotto
  • 24Montañés Claverías
  • 25López

Atl Madrid

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23MirandaBooked at 45mins
  • 2Godín
  • 18Gámez
  • 8Garcia EscuderoBooked at 78mins
  • 14Fernández ArenasBooked at 42minsSubstituted forTuranat 66'minutes
  • 5Cardoso MendesBooked at 57mins
  • 6Koke
  • 19TorresSubstituted forGiménez de Vargasat 45+4'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forJiménezat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Suárez
  • 10Turan
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
22,538

Match Stats

Home TeamEspanyolAway TeamAtl Madrid
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away14
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home33
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Espanyol 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Atlético de Madrid 0.

Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Rubén Duarte.

Foul by Sergio García (Espanyol).

Jesús Gámez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salva Sevilla (Espanyol).

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Anaitz Arbilla (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Jesús Gámez.

Attempt blocked. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Giménez.

Foul by Salva Sevilla (Espanyol).

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Christian Stuani (Espanyol) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Raúl Jiménez replaces Antoine Griezmann.

Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Héctor Moreno (Espanyol).

Giménez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Diego Godín.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Salva Sevilla replaces Víctor Sánchez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lucas Vázquez (Espanyol) because of an injury.

Booking

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lucas Vázquez (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

Attempt saved. Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antoine Griezmann with a through ball.

Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

Tiago (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Héctor Moreno (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Tiago tries a through ball, but Arda Turan is caught offside.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Álvaro González.

Dangerous play by Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid).

Héctor Moreno (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 14th March 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27212478166265
2Real Madrid26201575245161
3Valencia27176448222657
4Atl Madrid27175551232856
5Sevilla26154746331349
6Villarreal26146643241948
7Malaga2612592930-141
8Ath Bilbao27106112532-736
9Espanyol2796123237-533
10Celta Vigo2788112831-332
11Rayo Vallecano27102153250-1832
12Real Sociedad2679102936-730
13Getafe2685132436-1229
14Eibar2776142638-1227
15Elche2676132345-2227
16Dep La Coruña2767142344-2125
17Levante2667132349-2625
18Almería2666142240-1824
19Granada27410131843-2522
20Córdoba2639141941-2218
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